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Klinkenberg, Hanna (2004) Diabetes hos hund. Other thesis, SLU.

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This is a study of some risk factors for Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in dogs. As a pilot study it is meant to give information to be used in a planned later, larger and better controlled study. The present study hypothesized that suboptimal feeding (high percentage of homemade and table foods), lack of activity and overweight contribute to the risk of DM. Twenty consecutive dogs diagnosed with DM at the Veterinary University Clinic in Uppsala between 2000 – 2003 were chosen as the experimental group. A control group of 40 matched for age, breed and gender was recruited from the files of the Swedish Kennel Club. The owners received an inquiry with questions about feeding, activity and weight. A semi-structured telephone interview explored these variables in more detail. The results showed no differences between groups in the proportion of homemade food and table foods in the diet, but the owners of the DM-dogs gave treats significantly more regularly. It was a difference between the groups in activity and training: Fewer dogs that developed DM received high intensity training and they received it less often. These differences were statistically significant. A difference was also found in weight as evaluated by the owners: The DM-dogs were significantly more often overweight at the age of symptom debut and more often had a history of lifetime overweight. The findings indicate that regular high intensity training and normal weight may contain some protective and preventive mechanisms that reduce the risk of DM. These factors do not eliminate the risk: Even the DM-group contains some dogs with normal weight that receive high intensity training and the control group consists of some overweight dogs that receive little high intensity training. The findings are preliminary and must be reproduced and refined in a later more extensive and better controlled study.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: utfodring, motion, övervikt, hund, hundgodis, riskfaktorer, matrester, hemlagat, torrfoder
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Depositing User: Staff EPSILON
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2003
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:28
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/32

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